Webinars & Workshops

2019-20 Winter Webinar Series

Join the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets and its collaborators for three free webinars in our Winter Webinar Series of 2019/2020.

Cost: Free

An update on organic certification regulations

December 3, 2019
10:30 am – 11:30 am (PST)



Designed for farmers’ market managers and vendors, this webinar explored recent changes to Organic Certification Regulation in British Columbia. The presenter covered the reasons behind the changes, policy guidelines, what activities require certification, and what it means for producers, processors, and retailers.


Presented by: Karina Sakalauskas, acting Organics Specialist at the BC Ministry of Agriculture

Karina has been with the BC Ministry of Agriculture since 2017 when she undertook the role of Acting Berry Specialist. She is from Argentina and attended the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata where she completed her MSc in Agronomic Engineering.

*NEW* BCAFM Vendor Membership Program

January 15, 2020
10:30 am – 11:30 am (PST)

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In this webinar, vendors and market managers were provided an overview of the new BCAFM Vendor Membership Program launching in January 2020. The presenters outlined the benefits useful to vendors, including preferred pricing and discounts available on a selection of products and services. In addition, the presentation covered eligibility guidelines, and what the BCAFM Vendor Membership Program means for vendors, market managers and markets across the province.


Presented by:

Wylie Bystedt, former BCAFM Board President
As a rancher, local market vendor and director, and former BCAFM board president, Wylie has been on the frontline of developing successful farmers’ market programs for over 15 years.

Bruce Fatkin, former BCAFM Board Treasurer
Bruce joined the farmers’ market world as the Abbotsford Farmers’ Market manager while making a critical difference in helping new small businesses emerge. He has also volunteered many years with the BCAFM board as treasurer working to ensure the long-term organizational sustainability of BCAFM.

Heather O’Hara, BCAFM Executive Director
As an entrepreneur and food lover at heart, Heather believes deeply in farmers’ markets and small-scale farmers as a critical force in our regional food system. Heather joined the BCAFM in August of 2016 and brings over 10 years of experience in non-profit and social enterprise leadership to her position as Executive Director.



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